Pumpkin pie spice is a blend of sweet spices that makes your recipes burst with the favorite flavors of Fall. You can buy a bottle of pumpkin pie spice, but in under 5 minutes you can easily make your own using spices that are likely to already be in your pantry. I like to make this spice mix each year so it's available for adding instant flavor to seasonal cooking.
There are many uses for pumpkin pie spice that go way beyond its obvious use in pumpkin pie. You can add it to many foods and recipes to give them a distinctively yummy, seasonal flavor. Add it to:
Look for links to my favorite pumpkin spice recipes further down in the post.
Make a little or make a lot. In the printable recipe at the end of this post, I provide ingredient amounts for making one 4-oz jar of this for your own use. Also, a big batch ingredient list is provided, in case you'd like to make multiple jars for gift giving.
A quick, fun gift to have on hand. I like to make up a few additional jars of pumpkin spice mix that are handy when I need a quick gift. With no cooking required, this is a DIY gift that's as easy as it gets. This spice blend is a versatile seasonal gift for hosts/hostesses, neighbors, teachers, co-workers and friends. Further down in the post, you'll find printable labels for adding a finishing touch to your spice jars.
Step 1. Assemble these dry, ground spices:
If you're making a big batch of this for gift giving, you may want to purchase spices in bulk; especially cinnamon and ginger, since the recipe requires more of those than anything else. Penzeys is my favorite spice source. Big box stores like Costco and Sam's sell spices in large quantities. Amazon is a good source of organic spices in small and large quantities.
Step 2. Add the ground spices to a bowl and whisk them until they're combined and there are no lumps. If you're making a big batch, you can also combine the spices in a food processor--the quickest way to thoroughly mix the spices and remove lumps.
Step 3. Add the spices to a 1/2 cup jar or container of your choice. This recipe is the perfect amount to fill a 4-oz mason jar. That's what I use.
For a finishing touch, I like to label my jars. That way they're easy to identify on my shelf and are ready for gift giving, too. This spice blend is a unique gift that is fun to share. Going to a party? Grab one of these to take as a perfect host/hostess gift. Having a Fall wedding or baby shower? Give these jars out as favors to your guests. Need a little something for a teacher, co-worker, or neighbor? Print the labels and stick them on the lids of each jar--easy!
Download printable jar labels/tags. These are sized to fit on jar lids (regular or wide mouth).
If you don't have a printer or specialty papers, you can have a store with printing services download and print them for you (Kinkos, Office Depot, Staples, etc.)
Click on the image below to download & print a full sheet of labels/tags.
Cut with scissors or a circle punch. You can cut the round tags out carefully with scissors, or use a circle punch to make the task easier and more precise. I use a 2-1/4" circle punch; it fits both regular and wide canning lids.
view on Amazon: 2-1/4" circle punch (this fits mason jar lids)
Write-on labels are an easy option if you don't want to go to the trouble of printing and cutting your own. These ready-made rolls of labels are sized just right for canning jars and they are dissolvable for easy removal when the jar is empty.
Recipes using Pumpkin Pie Spice Mix from The Yummy Life :
Whether you make one jar for your own use or extras for gift giving, this pumpkin pie spice blend can add festive flavor to many foods and recipes throughout the season.
Make it a Yummy day!